Sunday, 23 August 2015

American Carrot Cake

Today is my 2 babies birthday.   

The journey hasn't been easy but watching them growing up healthy and strong makes me happy.

As today is also their Taekwondo competition, I needed a cake that has frosting and yet won't melt if it stands without refrigeration.

It was difficult to come up with a cake that pleases both and I have no time to bake two different version so I ended up with American Carrot Cake which I baked this before.



Findings: Instead of baking into one 7" cake with two layers, I went for two 6" rounds.  The frosting I doubled it from below and ended up with a small bowl remainder.

What you need: 

250ml vegetable oil 
150g brown sugar 
3 eggs 
363g coarsely grated carrot (approx 4 large carrots) 

120g coarsely chopped walnuts 
375g self raising flour 
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 
2 tsp mixed spice 

Method:


Preheat oven to 180°C.  Greased and lined a 2 X 6" round pan. 


Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice. 


Whisk eggs and sugar on MED till thick and creamy. (Use the ribbon test to check the consistency). 


Fold in the oil. 


Fold in the carrot, walnuts and then the dry ingredients. 


Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25 – 30 mins or till cooked. Test using skewer. If the top is browning too fast, cover it loosely with foil. 


Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack. Cool on rack. 


Cream Cheese Frosting


What you need:


60g butter
 
160g cream cheese 
4 tsp finely grated lemon zest 
240g icing sugar 

Method:

Cream butter, cream cheese and lemon zest till light and fluffy. (Use the spatula to test the right consistency). 


Gradually add in the icing sugar. Cream till smooth. 


Cover the top of the cooled carrot cupcake with the frosting. 


Sprinkle with coarsely chopped walnuts. 



August 2015 Event: Brown Sugar and Molasses 


This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (August 2015 Event: Brown Sugar and Molasses), organized by Bake For Happy Kids) and My Little Favourite DIY), hosted by Bakericious



Cheers!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Edith,
    I reckon that carrot cake & cream cheese is great combo. This American Carrot Cake of yours must be yummy that you bake again. So yummy !

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  2. Hi Edith,

    Happy belated birthday to your "babies"... Being able to participate in Taekwondo competition, I guess that your babies must be really tough :)

    Hope that these beautiful carrot birthday cakes will give your babies lots of strength and win the competition :)

    Zoe

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